Fantasy Football: 10 WRs Who Will Benefit from Darrelle Revis' Holdout
With the news that Darrelle Revis' holdout is still very much going on and could extend into the regular season, fantasy football players everywhere had to run to the Jets schedule and see what number one receivers would face the Jets defense.
That is a valuable question in fantasy football circles considering how suffocating Revis is on number one receivers and how much the Jets cornerback stifles production both on the field and on the fantasy stat sheet.
In 2010, just like last season, Revis has the opportunity to prevent a number of top flight receivers from leaving "Revis Island," but which 10 wideouts will be impacted most by not facing off against the league's best cornerback?
10. Lee Evans
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The Bills' number one receiver faces uncertainty regarding his production due to Buffalo's question marks at the quarterback position. However, that strain will be alleviated to at least some small degree with Revis' absence.
Evans actually produced better than most counter Revis in 2009. In two games against the Jets, he grabbed five passes for 106 yards and one touchdown. Can he do much better than that given Buffalo's quarterback quandary? Who knows, but ideally, he won't be any worse.
9. Greg Jennings
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The Jets and Packers meet on Halloween when Aaron Rodgers' top target, Greg Jennings, will or will not face off against Revis. The only thing that keeps him down the list is that the Packers have so many receiving targets that even if Revis is there, Rodgers has the means to be successful throwing away Jennings.
Jennings should be in for another big year, but his stats against the Jets may not move much with or without Revis.
8. Percy Harvin
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Percy Harvin is the new number one guy in Minnesota until Sidney Rice returns from hip surgery, and he will be Brett Favre's top target when the Vikings and Jets meet in Week 5.
However, with or without Revis, Harvin's production is unlikely to sway too much given Rice's absence from the field. That means the Jets can double-team Harvin and try and limit him even without Revis. The Jets can take away Favre's top option and force him to go elsewhere.
Rice's absence doesn't just hurt Harvin versus the Jets, but against the rest of the Vikings' schedule as well.
7. Anquan Boldin
The Ravens acquired Anquan Boldin with the plan of making him their number one receiver. Yet, the Ravens overhauled their entire wide receiver corps which could lead to greater distribution away from Boldin in any game in addition to the Jets.
But, that distribution will put more pressure on the Jets and lessen their ability to double team Boldin. Thus, Boldin will get a shot to go one-on-one with Revis' replacement and a chance to boost his numbers.
6. Mike Wallace
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The Steelers are working to find their new number one target with the departure of Santonio Holmes. At this point, Wallace is being looked upon as the Steelers deep threat. Wallace, who caught 39 passes for 756 yards and six touchdowns last season, will need to take the next step in becoming an elite, top target for Ben Roethlisberger.
Not having to face off against Darrelle Revis will give Wallace the chance to have a big, or at least more productive, day against one of the league's best defenses when the teams meet in Week 15.
5. Calvin Johnson
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Not having to line up against Revis should leave Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson licking his chops when his team and the Jets meet in Week 9.
Johnson is already a serious handful for most cornerbacks in the league.
Without Revis, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford should have an easier time finding and delivering to his top target.
4. Andre Johnson
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Johnson totaled four catches for just 35 yards in the Texans-Jets Week 1 matchup in 2009. To this point, it looks like Johnson will have a far easier day when the teams meet again Week 11 should Revis still be a holdout.
Johnson has the potential to explode for huge numbers on any given week. Take away Revis and put a rookie in his place, and Johnson could be in store for a big, big day.
3. Chad Ochocinco
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Arguably no receiver was as frustrated by Revis as Chad Ochocinco. Ochocinco faced Revis twice in the span of two weeks in Week 17 and the Wild Card round in 2009, totaling only two catches for 28 yards—all of which came in the playoff game.
The Bengals and Jets meet again in Week 12 and surely Ochocinco and his fantasy owners hope the Cincinnati receiver doesn't have to venture onto "Revis Island."
2. Randy Moss
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Randy Moss had as many frustrations with Revis as any wide receiver in the league last year. Moss tallied nine catches for 58 yards and one touchdown in two games against Revis last year, which included a touchdown grab on a deep ball in garbage time in the teams' second meeting.
For New England to take advantage of the Jets as they wish, they need Randy Moss to be able to open up his game and work the field beyond the first down marker. No Revis could lead to 100-yard games for Moss.
1. Brandon Marshall
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You're Brandon Marshall. You're arguably the best receiver in the National Football League. You arrive in the AFC East, and you may not have to face Darrelle Revis? Does it get any better for him or fantasy owners?
Marshall had a huge year in Denver when he was the only big receiving threat in the Broncos' offense. Now, he goes to Miami where quarterback Chad Henne has more weapons and a greater ability to spread the field. That should lead to big games for Marshall if it means lining up against anyone other than Revis.